I’ve just watched “Paterson” – a Jim Jarmusch film about a bus driver who secretly writes poetry and delights in overheard conversation. It’s a really gentle, observant film with not much action, but a lot of listening. Here’s a really good summary of it by reviewer Mark Kermode, who sums it up as a ‘mood poem”
Dear progress is a series of word art/poems written by Micah Purnell and displayed on billboards around the city of Manchester, England.
The video explains both the wording and what Micah is thinking on. He describes this work as:
“creativity begins in rest”, a musician muses on creativity and conditions for beginning Continue reading Stephen Roach: Writing on the road
The poem “Snow” by Louis MacNeice, together with a photo of a room with snow outside Continue reading Poem: “Snow” by Louis MacNeice
This day last week, I was in a writing workshop (led by Kate Hastie) on how to make a poem response to artworks (“Ekphrasis”). In response to this lithograph by Henry Moore, “Upright Motives” – I wrote this: For Henry Moore “Upright Motives” Reinterpreting the body with his pen, Henry watches his model moving about the room in velvet sunlight Heads are … Continue reading Poem written for Henry Moore
This poem by Moniza Alvi, “I would like to be a dot in a painting by Miro” is deservedly well known. Part of the video resources on poetry by poetrychannelwebsite on Youtube. Nice ekphrasis. Continue reading I would like to be a dot in a painting by Miro
When Frank O’Hara, poet with the day job of curating in the Museum of Modern Art (New York), writes a love poem, it naturally mentions a great deal of art – as well as something as simple and everyday as sharing a fizzy drink.
- Write daily. This is good practice and gets you into daily being aware of noticing what’s going on around you and in your own heart and mind – and getting at least some of that down on paper. It will give you a great deal more of written material than waiting for “the muse to descend”.